We need more non-Tech Volunteers and Tech Mentors
CoderDojo is a fantastic initiative, totally altruistic, rewarding and now a global mobilisation of voluntary effort that all started in Ireland.
We need volunteers to help develop and deliver good technical material in the Dojo (Tech Mentors) and we also need non-Tech Volunteers to help manage and operate the Dojo in a professional and high quality manner. More info on each role below - email email@example.com if you are able to volunteer with us.
Parents - the ONLY way to ensure you always get a ticket for your child is to volunteer.
We will need you to complete Garda vetting and become familiar with our child protection approach.
And to sign up for our mentors' website, to avoid email overload.
Are you a potential non-Tech Volunteer?
Are you a potential Tech Mentor?
- Take a look at this 90 second video: do you recognise yourself in any part of it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HntLmTymmyc
- Can you make it to the Dojo on Saturday afternoons during school time for at least 3 weeks out of 6? If you are the parent of a child in the Dojo, the answer is obviously 'Yes'. The ONLY way to ensure you always get a ticket for your child is to volunteer.
- In addition to about 3 hours per week at the Dojo, are you willing to do some prep work for each session, to make sure you are familiar with the tools and can provide assistance to kids?
- Are you either a) capable or b) a good bluffer in any of the following technologies? HTML, Scratch, Python, App Inventor, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Linux/MacOS/Windows?
For each session we need you there at 2PM (to set up for 2.30) until latest 5PM. You will be responsible for helping a small group of kids. Soon, they will help themselves and each other but you have to get them started.
Children under 12 must have a parent or guardian present at the Dojo, whom you can consult and involve as required.
Health and Safety are important; what to do in case of fire, evacuation, minor accident: ask an experienced mentor if you are unsure.
Although publishing their Dojo work to the web is a goal of their learning, discourage kids from publishing information of a personal nature on the web as part of their Dojo projects, such as their name, address, contact details.
Do not initiate contact with Dojo kids outside the Dojo, or collect or use kids email addresses or other contact details in any way.
Do not mentor at a table where your own children are taking part; this has the potential to disrupt mentoring for the whole table.
At the end of the session, stick around for a few minutes to tidy the place up and pack away the tables and all our stuff. Ask another mentor if you are not sure how to help.